Google Pixel Phones May Soon Adapt Touch Sensitivity Based on Environment: Report

Feb 9, 2024

Google's Pixel 8 series from last year offers a special screen protector detector feature. This advanced feature detects when a screen protector is put on or taken off on a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro handset and notifies users to enable or disable the screen protector mode accordingly. Now, the search giant is reportedly preparing to introduce a new Adaptive Touch feature in Pixel handsets. The feature is expected to automatically adjust screen touch sensitivity based on users' environmental conditions and activities. The feature was reportedly spotted on Android 14 QPR3 beta 1.

According to a report by Android Police, evidence of the Adaptive Touch feature was found in the code strings of the latest Android 14 QPR3 beta 1 release. According to Strings, the Adaptive Touch feature will reportedly automatically adjust the touch sensitivity of the handset depending on the user's environment, activities, and screen protector.

The strings do not include references to environmental factors or activities that would cause changes in tactile sensitivity. However, the report speculates that the Pixel could automatically adapt screen touch sensitivity based on environmental conditions like rain or cold, and activities like swimming. The mention of screen protector could be a reference to the screen protector detection feature that is already available on Pixel 8 devices.

Furthermore, the report states that once the new feature goes live on Pixel adaptive touch The toggle will be placed under the Settings app Display > Touch Sensitivity, This feature is expected to improve the user experience.

As mentioned, Google is already offering the Screen Protector Detector feature exclusively for the Pixel 8 series. This functionality detects when the user adds or removes a screen protector from the handset. Upon attaching the screen protector, it will send a notification to the user to enable the screen protector mode to increase touch sensitivity.

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